The purpose of the Office of Institutional Research and Planning (IRP) is to support and sustain institution-wide continuous improvement efforts at Canadian University Dubai. This is accomplished by using relevant, up-to-date information to support assessments, decision making and policy formation.

IRP supports business sustainability through continuous improvement of the University’s internal processes, via comprehensive and integrated Strategic and Performance Management methodologies targeted at Students and Academic Programs, Employee and Financial outcomes.

Vision & Mission

VISION: To be a reliable strategic partner that provides institutional data, information and knowledge to drive quality assurance and promote performance driven learning and services for the advancement of the University.

MISSION: To ensure accurate, useful information and the availability of the appropriate tools for institutional planning, decision making, academic assessment and operational improvement; and to coordinate these services in an objective, systematic, thorough and transparent manner, in direct support of the Canadian University Dubai Strategic Plan.

The key Behaviors of IRP that supports CUD’s core values (PRIDE) are:

Ethical: We are principled in delivering our services with full transparency and commitment.

Strategic: We will ensure clear lines of sight towards the University’s strategic direction in implementing our action plan.

Quality: We provide secured reliable data, analysis, and information for reporting, planning, and decision making.

Efficient: We use our resources wisely.


  • To facilitate Canadian University Dubai strategic planning and performance monitoring, focusing on the alignment towards the vision, mission and strategic goals.
  • To facilitate all aspects related to accreditation including standards compliance, applications, reviews and self-evaluation documents related to the CAA.
  • To manage all institutional surveys and evaluation and close the loop to provide information and measure the impact of the related performance gaps.
  • To conduct research and benchmarking to ensure state-of-the-art knowledge acquisition, application and preservation.

The goal of the institutional effectiveness program at Canadian University Dubai is to ensure that the strategy is being developed and managed via SMART measures of academic, service, and administrative units in a consistent and transparent manner.

The Office is itself a service office with the mandate to help administrators design, conduct, analyze, and ultimately direct planning through these assessment activities. ‘Closing the loop’, whereby evaluative findings are incorporated into the planning processes, is the ultimate goal of any assessment activity at a university and is essential for the continued improvement of services and academic quality at Canadian University Dubai.

Please contact the office at if you have any questions about assessment, accreditation, or any service related to development and planning.